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Recent Incident Highlights need for updates to Animal Protection Act

Friday, January 11th, 2019 | Alberta Party, Animal Protection Act, In The News

In light of a recent incident of animal cruelty in Lethbridge, Alberta Party Caucus leader and MLA for Calgary-South East Rick Fraser is once again calling on the government to update the Animal Protection Act.

Shocking video of a Lethbridge police officer repeatedly driving over a deer in distress highlights the need for stronger protections for animals and harsher punishment for those who commit acts of cruelty.

“What happened in Lethbridge, as well as the recent incident involving cruelty to a coyote, serve as powerful reminders that we can do more to protect the welfare of animals.”

“I am once again calling on the Minister of Agriculture to act. We have worked with his office to bring forward reasonable, common-sense changes to legislation, and his continued refusal to address this issue is outrageous.”

“I hope the Minister will heed my call, so we can take steps to ensure such an awful display of cruelty is never repeated.”

See the full release here

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The Animal Protection Act

Tuesday, December 18th, 2018 | Animal Protection Act, Featured, News

One of the important issues I am working on continues to be the betterment of the Alberta Animal Protection Act. We are failing miserably on this issue in Alberta. Following my questions (without answers) to the Minister of Agriculture, I am following up with a formal letter. How can you help?

1- Share this letter and message (below I’ve attached letter content, as well as a ,pdf).
2- Write your own letter to Mr. Carlier’s office and provide me with a copy at calgary.southeast@assembly.ab.ca

We will have a petition coming out in the new year as well, but it has to be original signatures and no e-version so we can table it in the house formally.

Any questions? Just let me know.

Time for some answers!


.PDF of Letter To Mr. Carlier’s Office

Minister Oneil Carlier
229 Legislature Building
10800 – 97th Avenue
Edmonton, AB
Canada T5K 2B6

December 13th, 2018

Dear Minister Carlier,

I would like to follow up with my questions asked in Oral Question Period on November 21st, 2018. When will the Alberta Animal Protection Act be updated?

Over the last year I have met with key stakeholders in the animal industry, including those who enforce the Act. They provided me with valuable feedback about improvements that need to be made. In its current form, the Act does not allow them to do their jobs effectively in protecting animals. We reviewed the entire Act and provided your office and Ms. Follensbee with our suggestions. Basically, the work has been done, and there is no budgetary constraint associated with this update. We even received feedback that the changes were far and effective. So my question remains, why can this not be updated?

We have seen horrific acts against animals in Alberta, and across Canada. Alberta currently ranks tenth out of thirteenth in Canada, in the bottom tier of our Animal Protection Act strength and comprehension, and will soon drop down to eleventh. This is not acceptable to Albertans or to the animals we are supposed to protect.

Please commit to a timeline when the Act will be updated. It’s the right thing to do.

Regards,

 

Rick Fraser

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